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1 Oct, 2019 - 1 Oct, 2019
Orchid Massage Academy, “Hillcrest”, Rochdale, OL11 4AU
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FAQ about our Aromatherapy Courses

I want to learn aromatherapy, where should I start?

If you’ve never done any aromatherapy before, you may like to attend our one-day Introduction to Massage course. You will learn all the techniques to give a massage treatment to family and friends. If you are thinking about going on to learn aromatherapy professionally, this is a good opportunity to visit Orchid Aromatherapy Academy, meet the tutors and to see if aromatherapy is for you before committing to the Diploma course. The techniques you learn on the introduction course will also give you a good foundation for learning the more detailed aspects of the aromatherapy massage that will be covered on the Diploma course.

The cost of the Introduction course is £85.00, with a £30 discount if you go on to do the Diploma.

What course would enable me to practice aromatherapy Professionally?

If you want to start a career in aromatherapy, you would follow the Introduction course with the VTCT Level 3 Aromatherapy Diploma. Upon completion of this course you would be fully qualified, able to gain insurance and practice professionally as a Aromatherapist. The VTCT level 3 is internationally recognised and means you are qualified to work in spas, hotels etc and that, should you wish, you can go on to do more advanced aromatherapy courses.

Who are VTCT?

VTCT is a Government approved Awarding Body offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) and Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQ’s). VTCT has been in existence for over forty years and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom. VTCT is the largest provider of qualifications in aromatherapy, aromatherapy and aromatherapy in the UK.

Are there any entry requirements for the VTCT Diploma?

There are no formal prerequisites to join the course, however, in order to complete the qualification, it is recommended that you are educated up to at least GCSE level. You will also need a good command of spoken and written English, along with good communication and social skills.
You need to ensure you have the time required to complete the necessary home study (3-5 hours a week)
You must be comfortable with giving and receiving aromatherapy treatments as part of this course. Training sessions may be mixed sex; however, screens are used to ensure privacy.
You will need to arrange models to complete your coursework/assessments.
You will need to have access to a computer for typing assignments and will need an internet connection with your own email address to enable the distribution of course notes and the submission of assignments. You will also need access to a printer.
Aromatherapy is physical work. You need to have good general health. No back, wrist or knee disorders.

What is covered in the VTCT Aromatherapy Diploma?

This course is designed to meet the needs of individuals wishing to become a qualified aromatherapy therapist/complementary therapist.
Content covered in the course:

  • Principles and practice of complementary therapies,
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology
  • Client care
  • History of aromatherapy,
  • Methods of blending, dilutions of essential oils
  • Chemical constituents
  • Plant families – taxonomy, nomenclature, structure and function of plants
  • Methods of extraction and sourcing of essences
  • Uses, application and origin of essential oils.
  • physiological and psychological effects of aromatherapy on the body systems
  • Full aromatherapy massage routine,
  • Safe use of Essential oils
  • Effects and benefits of essential oils and base oils
  • Business & marketing.

What are the Career opportunities for an Aromatherapy with a VTCT level 3 Aromatherapy Diploma?

This qualification will confirm your competence for employment as a aromatherapist. You will be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a aromatherapist. Career opportunities as a aromatherapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial a complementary therapy clinic, beauty salon or spa.
  • Working in the NHS in a hospital or care home.
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings.
  • Working on cruise ships or working internationally

How is the course structured?

Our Diploma courses are intensive courses. You have 7 full days at the Academy, learning the practical techniques and theory. These 7 days take place over a 3-month period. There is then a 3 month break from class-room learning. During this time, you will complete the necessary home study of four written assignments and 100 case studies.
You then return to the Academy to hand in your finished portfolio and to complete one final practical assessment.

Are the courses insurable?

How is the course assessed?

You will be continually assessed throughout the course via the practical sessions where you work on other students and, if possible, the paying public.
You will also hand in a portfolio of written work. This is a record of supporting information to confirm that you have the skills required to complete the qualification. Your tutors will give you all the necessary guidance to help you complete your portfolio.

How big are the classes?

In order to give the best individual attention to each student, we have a maximum of 6 students on each course. Our aim is to produce amazing therapists and small class sizes is one way to help achieve this.

What if I am not ready to take my assessments on the set date?

If you need longer, that’s fine, you can take as long as you need and simply join an assessment day when you are ready. We do have a 2 year time limit in which to complete the qualification. There may be a charge for attending a different assessment day.

What does the course cost include?

There are no hidden extras! The course cost covers class tuition, VTCT registration and Record of Assessment Book, learning resources, assessment fees, portfolio marking and certification. You will need to purchase the necessary equipment for carrying out a professional treatment. (see below). You may also want to buy some of the recommended text books, but this is not compulsory.

What else will I need for the course?

You will need the following :

  • Clothing – For all practical assessments, a therapist tunic (NOT White – choose a dark colour ie. black, brown or navy) with suitable, matching trousers. Shoes should be closed toe, clean and practical. For class and general practical sessions, a smart, plain black or navy polo shirt or T.shirt with comfortable trousers is acceptable.
  • Stationary to set up your Assessment Portfolio – An empty A4 Lever Arch file A pack of A4 plastic wallets, A pack of highlighter pens, A pack of file dividers (at least 8), Note pad & pen
  • Towels – 2 x large BATH SHEETS, 1 x Medium sized BATH TOWEL + 3 x HAND TOWEL
  • Equipment for delivering the therapy at home – A massage couch, Couch covers, cushions and blankets, a selection of carrier oils and a selection of essential oils (You will receive a list of mandatory oils), Hand sanitiser.

Are there any exams?

There are two external written papers from the VTCT which will assess your knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology.

Aromatherapy oils

VTCT L3 Diploma Aromatherapy Massage

7 Day Course + 3 hr exam

The VTCT L3 Diploma in Aromatherapy is currently accepted for full membership of the Association of Aromatherapists and all the member organisations. It also allows graduates to to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Units within this qualification have been mapped to the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the qualification is accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) as well as being approved and supported by Skills for Health (the sector skills council for health).

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy but using highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils which are added to carrier massage oils or lotions. Aromatherapy has a history dating back thousands of years and enhances well-being and stimulates and harmonises a healthy physical, mental and emotional state.  The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin. Each essential oil has different healing properties, for example some calm while others energise.

Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions. After the consultation a typical Aromatherapy massage will take 60 mins. The client will lie on a massage couch/table wearing their underwear covered by a towel & blanket. The therapist will uncover only the part of the body they are working on to maintain dignity at all times, one or more essential oils will then be selected based on what the client likes or requires, these are ‘blended’ with the carrier massage oil or lotion to be used for the massage. After the massage, the massage therapist may suggest a blend to be used at home in between massage treatments.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is suitable for those wishing to qualify as a professional aromatherapist but also for those who have a genuine interest in taking the basic understanding of Aromatherapy further.

The VTCT qualification is supported by the Aromatherapy Council (AC) so on successful completion of this course, graduates will be eligible for entry to the (AC) Register. It also provides entry to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Units within this qualification have been mapped to the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the qualification is accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) as well as being approved and supported by Skills for Health (the sector skills council for health).

What does the course include?

  • 7 day programme including tutoring, practical and assessments
  • 2.5 examination on date of your choice
  • Manuals provided on the therapy, A&P and H&S
  • Liquid refreshments throughout the course
  • Informal teaching style allowing course members to ask questions and make input
  • Limited numbers to ensure maximum benefit from tutor

Entry requirements

  • The Academy’s Introduction to Massage, or
  • VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Holistic Therapies, or
  • an equivalent qualification

Course Dates

VTCT Aromatherapy Diploma: Weekday Course START DATE for Autumn tbc. 7 Day Course

Exam Day:  2 hrs


  • Course Fee: £525
  • Registration, Assessment & Exam Fees: £150 Please note, these fees are levied on behalf of the VTCT and are additional to the course fee. This is payable at the time of booking on the course.

Payment Plan
We offer an ‘interest free’ monthly payment scheme (flat £20 fee) for VTCT courses which allows you to spread the full payment of the course over 3 x easy monthly payments.

What is the course content?

Section 1History of Aromatherapy
Section 2Uses of Aromatherapy
Section 3Contraindications
Section 4Introduction to over 30 essential oils
Section 5Oil chemical compositions
Section 6Care & storage
Section 7Blending & aromas
Section 8Oil safety
Section 9Carrier oils
Section 10After care
Section 11Aroma massage routine
Section 12Relevant anatomy & physiology (A&P)